Pakistan

ISLAMABAD – The Supreme court of Pakistan has adjourned the hearing of petitions seeking a probe into Panama papers till November 29.

During today’s hearing, Justice Azmat Saeed Khosa asked Pakistan Tehreek-e-Insaf’s counsel Hamid Khan to submit documentary evidence instead of highlighting conflict between multiple statements of Premier Nawaz Sharif.

Justice Azmat maintained that both the concerned parties confirmed that the London flats were purchased by off-shore companies whereas Sharif family argued that the flats belonged to Hussain Nawaz. He questioned PTI’s counsel as how the final conclusion can be drawn through Prime minister’s statements.

PTI’s counsel Hamid Khan stated before the apex court that the premier did not disclose about his apartments in London and real estate investments in Dubai. He went on to allege the premier of concealing his London flats.

he expressed that the scions of PM Nawaz did not provide details of their businesses abroad.

Meanwhile, Chief Justice of Pakistan Anwar Zaheer Jamali remarked that the court was receiving 8-10 applications on each hearing date but it wanted to wind up the case as early as possible.

Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif had earlier filed a petition before the Supreme Court of Pakistan seeking a dismissal of pleas regarding Panama leaks.

The premier in his petition argued that no tangible evidences were presented before the court by Pakistan Tehreek-e-Insaf and so the petitions in this regard may be dismissed.

Prime Minister’s scions on Wednesday submitted response in court that the petitions seeking a probe into Panama papers should be dismissed. The response stated that the documentary evidence presented before the court by PTI had no legal standing.

The petitions seeking Prime Minister disqualification over Panama Leaks issue were filed by multiple political parties including Pakistan Tehreek-e-Insaf (PTI) chief Imran Khan, Ameer Jamaat-e-Islami Siraj-ul-Hag and Awami Muslim League’s Sheikh Rashid Ahmad.

A five-member larger bench of the Supreme Court of Pakistan, headed by Chief Justice Anwar Zaheer Jamali, is hearing the petitions.

During the previous hearing the apex court had asked all the parties to exchange the documentary evidence. PM’s sons submitted a letter from Qatari prince suggesting that the London flats (No 16, 16A, 17 and 17A) were handed over to Sharif family in 2006 as Qatar’s royal family and Mian Shareef had inked a business agreement.

Maryam Nawaz, the daughter of PM Nawaz had submitted before the court that she was a trustee of the three mentioned companies named Nielson Holdings Limited, Coomber Group and Nescol limited.

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Letter of Qatari prince presented before Supreme Court by PM’s sons

PTI’s counsel Hamid Khan would be arguing today regarding the authenticity of the documents submitted by the party. The court had earlier observed on Tuesday that the documentary evidence submitted by PTI had no link with the case and so the party should review the documents within 48 hours.

Pakistan Tehreek-e-Insaf had earlier submitted documentary evidence against Sharif family on Monday. Meanwhile, Premier’s sons changed their legal representative and now Barrister Akram Sheikh would be defending Sharif family in court.